Career Testing
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Career Testing
CVS / JUL. 18, 2013
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Things You Should Never Put On Your Resume

When writing your resume, it is important to include all information that will enhance your chances of getting an interview, including qualifications and relevant work experience. However, it is also crucial to bear in mind that there is certain information which should, without doubt, be eliminated from your resume, as outlined below:

Irrelevant work experience

Such information is a waste of space and recruiters will not be interested in reading about experiences that are unrelated to the specific job in hand. Key all work experience job-specific, mentioning only those vacancies that have some connection to the job that you are applying for.

References to school

Heavy references to secondary/high school on your resume will put recruiters off, as employers are generally not interested in which high school you attended or how well you did there. Focus more on your achievements after high school, including college and university if relevant

Unnecessary pages

A resume that is over one page is off-putting to employers, who only want to know your essential experiences. In some cases a two-page resume may be accepted, however this is age and experience dependent and it is often possible to include all information on one page.

Hiring managers only spend 20 – 30 seconds on a given application initially, therefore by limiting yourresume to one page, you can include only the most important and significant highlights of your career.

Personal information

 Information such as your relationship status, age and salary should never be included on a resume, as this information is confidential. By including it, you may come across as naïve and inexperienced, thus diminishing your chances of getting the job.


It is not necessary to include references on your resume, or even to include the statement: ‘references available upon request.’ It is a given that if requested, you will provide references to the hiring manager. Therefore you are simply wasting space by including any mention of references on your resume. 

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